LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of Los Angeles-area Girl Scouts will be heading off to sites in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the South Bay on Saturday and Sunday to pick up their signature confections to deliver to their customers, as they prepare to kick off the "Cookie boothing Season" on March 6.
This is the inaugural cookie Program for the newly merged Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, officials said. More than 25,000 scouts are expected to participate in this year's sale, officials added.
This year's line-up, officials say, features eight varieties, including: Thin Mints, Shortbread, chewy caramel, crunchy fat-free chocolate chip, zesty lemon cremes, Dulce de Leche and peanut butter patties.
Girl Scout officials say cookie sales are slower than expected this year because of the recession and the recent peanut butter scare. Girl Scout officials also say their licensed bakers "did not buy" their peanut butter from the supplier involved in the recent Salmonella outbreak.
The GSGLA currently serves approximately 45,000 girls and young women, grades K-12 and has some 22,000 volunteers, according to officials.